UJAM - Virtual Drummer - BRUTE *

by UJAM

Product Details

  • Compatible with Studio One® Professional (version 3.5.6 or higher) and Studio One Artist (version 5.0 and higher)
  • Also compatible with Studio One Artist 3 or 4 with separately purchased VST and AU and ReWire Support  extension
  • 5 genre-specific drum kits
  • 6 mix presets
  • 31 playing styles, each with 23 phrases


Virtual Drummer BRUTE: Smells like mean drumming

For rock, grunge, punk, and crossover styles

From nineties to noughties

Contemporary hard-and-heavy music genres driven by a very specific drumming style: loud, wild, edgy and cutting through the mix. Both drum sounds and playing are rooted in aesthetics invented about two decades ago. Virtual Drummer BRUTE features the essential sounds and styles from grunge to NuMetal.

In a nutshell: BRUTE is the Virtual Drummer for you, if HEAVY 2 is too metal-ish and SOLID 2 not rocking hard enough.

What's in it for me?

  • 5 genre-specific drum kits
  • 6 mix presets
  • 31 playing styles, each with 23 phrases

From Seattle with love attitude

In the early 1990s, a guitar-heavy new musical category set out to conquer the hearts and ears of the audience. A new generation of artists would unleash distorted guitars, angry drums, and bucketloads of attitude onto an audience that was suddenly keen to rock out again. Influenced by classic rock of the 1960s and ‘70s, and in opposition to the synthetic aesthetics of the prior decade, bands like Rage Against The Machine, Nirvana, Soundgarden, or Alice in Chains popularized the next incarnation of rock music. Its playbook is still today the go-to for guitar-heavy hard-rocking styles.

Punchy, crisp character

What makes BRUTE special? First and foremost it has been designed, recorded, and processed to do one thing really well: compete with layered walls of distorted guitars while maintaining character and detail. This was a tricky challenge. The solution was to record with three different sets of microphones that emphasize different aspects of the drum sound.

Each of the three microphone sets has a specific sonic purpose: 

  1. Click/Smack: The vintage Sennheiser MD21 from the 1960s emphasizes the attack transients. The source signal was processed with a Manley Voxbox.
  2. Grit/Dirt: Vintage tube and ribbon overhead mics. This is where the character is captured, with all the organic noise and resonances that give a warm, coarse and natural quality.
  3. Clean/Nice : Modern high-spec Schoeps microphones that capture the sound as is, with as little colorization and distortion as possible, for an expensive and glossy character.

Using the Smack and Grit controls, you can adjust and blend these different characteristics seamlessly to find the perfect mix:

  • Smack: Turns up the clicky microphone to make the sound cut through the mix.
  • Grit: Blends between 2 and 3,  basically adjusting how clean or dirty your signal sounds.  

Kit rock

The five drum kits in BRUTE have been composed with specific styles in mind.

  1. DARK — The Stoner: fat, wide, lower tuning. Slow roll with this!
  2. DIRTY — The Punk: short and punchy for aggressive double-time fun.
  3. TIGHT — The Crossover: more expression and detail; for example, using a high-tuned piccolo snare.
  4. NOBLE — The Radio Rocker: full-bodied, refined, and punchy, for alternative anthems.
  5. PRIME — The Mainstreamer: superb and well balanced for sold-out stadiums and rock royalty.

Drumming in the name of....

Programming realistic drum tracks can be daunting. With BRUTE it’s fast and easy, so you can focus on your music!

No FX? Well, there are at least a few.

Mix presets shape the overall sound by swapping out an entire multi-bus effects chain for every channel. This saves you time and nerves wrestling with the bus system of your DAW.

Mix presets:

  1. Gentle: Polishing and pleasant; use this for ballads or power pop.
  2. Slam: For that garage sound, with too much compression. Pumping and cranked.
  3. Bite: Less bass, more lower mids, aggressive. Super-fast punk anthem anyone?
  4. Crush: Distortion and saturation; think tape machine and valve distortion. Fast FOO’d, if you know what we mean.
  5. Bounce: More warmth, modern, hip-hop-inspired; Rick Rubin might enjoy this one if he’d ever touch a plug-in. Sound-designed by Richie Beretta in NYC.
  6. Wide: Stadium rock, big and expensive, more subtleties, less punch.

Features at a glance

BRUTE features 5 Drum Kits, 6 mix presets, and 31 Styles with 23 ready-made phrases each, for a total of 713 phrases.

Smack

Make your drums stand out! Smack adds purpose-recorded and processed mic signals that focus attacks and transients while retaining the warm, organic qualities of the kit.  

Grit

Crossfades between two sets of mics—from nice and clean to dirty and mean. 

System Requirements

Studio One® (any of the following):

  • Studio One Professional (versions 3.5.5 and higher)
  • Studio One Artist (versions 5.0 and higher)
  • Studio One Artist 3 or 4, with separately-purchased VST and AU and ReWire Support extension

Mac®

macOS® X 10.11 or later (You may have success with earlier versions but UJAM doesn't support and fully qualify them.)
Intel® Core™ 2 Duo processor (Intel Core i3 or better recommended)
4 GB of RAM
3.1 GB of disk space
64-bit hosts only
1280x768 px display
Internet connection


Windows®

Windows 7 or later (You may have success with earlier versions but UJAM doesn't support and fully qualify them.)
Intel Core 2 Duo or AMD® Athlon™ X2 processor
(Intel Core i3 or AMD Athlon X4 or better recommended)
4 GB of RAM
3.1 GB of disk space
64-bit hosts only
1280x768 px display
Internet connection

Plug-in Formats:

  • VST, AU 2, and AAX
  • If you want to move your .blob file to an external drive, we recommend the use of an SSD
    to prevent dropouts
  • AU 2 version only compatible with Logic Pro X and newer

Sound Samples